Gervais Hagerty - In Polite Company

In-person author event with Gervais Hagerty at the Country Club of North Carolina

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Autographed copies of In Polite Company will be available for purchase.


A captivating debut novel that looks inside the private lives of Charleston aristocracy, where a former debutante learns that sometimes good behavior leads to bad decisions.

Tourists think they see the real Charleston, but Simons Smythe knows there's more to her hometown than sweet tea and Southern hospitality. Behind the walled gardens, inside the fabled historic homes, live Charleston's elite. Simons was born into this powerful aristocracy that has quietly ruled the city for centuries.

Simons's family has a banner year ahead; her older sister will give birth to her second child, and her younger sister will make her debut -- a series of cocktail parties and balls to introduce her to society. And in one year, Simons plans to marry Trip. She hopes that's enough time to fall back in love.

Simons produces the news at a local TV station, a job that increasingly tests her loyalty to her family and friends. On her days off, Simons surfs the waves of Folly Beach, crabs the salty rivers of Edisto Island, and follows her wayward heart to King Street bars. The one touchstone in this confusing time is her elegant and secretive grandmother, Laudie, who -- repeatedly and mysteriously -- urges Simons to "be brave".

In this sparkling novel, Simons unlocks riddles from the past, flirts with a new future, and discovers that some rules are made to be broken.


Gervais Hagerty grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. After reporting and producing news for both radio and television, she taught communications at The Citadel. When not writing, she works on local environmental and transportation issues. She lives in Charleston with her husband and two daughters. In Polite Company is her first novel.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 11:00am
Event address: 
1600 Morganton Rd
Pinehurst, NC 28374
In Polite Company: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063068865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 17th, 2021

“This terrific debut lifts the veil on the charming old city of Charleston and a prominent Lowcountry family to deliver an entertaining story about becoming yourself without totally rejecting your past. Plus: debutante balls!